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2017-10-10 15:57

Image: AP/ David Zalubowski

Durban - The massive storm sweeping through KwaZulu-Natal has caused damaged to Toyota's motor manufacturing plant in Prospecton, South of Durban. 

A statement sent by Clynton Yon, senior manager of corporate communications for Toyota SA, said "unprecedented flooding has impacted" the plant where the automaker manufactures the Corolla, Corolla Quest, Hilux, Fortuner and Quantum as well as assembles selected Hino product.  

Significant damage

Andrew Kirby, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors, confirmed that there was significant damage to the Prospecton facility including the buildings, equipment as well as motor vehicles on the line.

“Our first priority was to ensure the safety of our employees and I’m pleased to report that there were no injuries resulting from this morning’s downpour.

“Production for now has been halted at the facility for the rest of today and tomorrow to enable us to quantify the extent of the damage – we’ll then reassess the situation again on Thursday and decide if we can resume normal manufacturing,” Kirby said.

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